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Plan Your Trip

As you continue to explore the wonders of Path of the Paddle across Northwestern Ontario, we are excited to introduce a new addition to our map collection – digital maps! In addition to our existing physical Overview Route Map, we are now offering digital versions of our maps that can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, through your smartphone, tablet, or your preferred mapping device. Our digital maps provide a more interactive experience, allowing you to zoom in and out, mark your favourite spots, and plan your route more efficiently.


These digital maps at 1:20,000 scale are available in three common formats: JPG, PDF, and GeoTIFF, making it easy for you to view them on your preferred device. With the added convenience of digital maps, you can easily access them on the go and plan your paddling adventure with ease. We are confident that this new offering will enhance your paddling experience and help you discover even more of Path of the Paddle. 

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Get Started

Our physical Route Overview Map is a perfect starting point for planning your route. Check it out in our store!

Digital Maps

Thank You!

Our goal is for Path of the Paddle to be accessible by everyone, and have created these maps with this goal in mind. 

Help support our mission by including a small donation with your downloads:

  • Are the digital maps free, and how do I access them?
    Yes, the digital maps are free to download from the Path of the Paddle Association's website. Simply visit the "Maps" section of the website and choose the map you would like to download. Reference the Index Maps provided, or add full trail sections to your cart. Once you've added your desired maps, complete the checkout process. An email will be sent to you with a link to download the appropriate files. Our digital maps are provided free of charge to promote accessibility of the trails. If you would like to support this endeavour, please consider adding a $5 donation to your cart before checkout. Thank you!
  • What file type is right for me?
    Good question! Our digital maps are available in three file types: JPG, PDF, and GeoTIFF. Here are the benefits of each file type to help you with your decision: JPG: A JPG file is a compressed image file that is easy to view and share, making it a good choice for users who want to quickly view the map on a mobile device or computer without the need for specialized software. However, it may not be as useful for detailed analysis or printing, as the image may lose quality when it's zoomed in or enlarged. PDF: A PDF file is a versatile format that can be viewed on most devices and preserves the original layout and formatting of the map. It can also be printed at a high resolution, making it a good choice for users who need a high-quality, printable version of the map. GeoTIFF: A GeoTIFF file contains both the map image and additional geographic information, such as coordinates and projection data. This makes it a good choice for users who need to work with the map in a geographic information system (GIS) software to analyze or manipulate the data, such as measuring distances, calculating areas, or overlaying other geospatial data. However, specialized software may be required to view or work with the GeoTIFF file.
  • Can I use the digital maps on my mobile device or tablet?
    Yes, the digital maps are available in multiple file formats, including JPG and PDF, which can be viewed on most devices. However, for GeoTIFF files, specialized software may be required to view or work with the file.
  • Can I print the digital maps, and if so, what size can I print them at?
    Yes, the digital maps can be printed at a high resolution and are available in PDF format for this purpose. However, users should be aware that the maps are intended for personal use only and may not be reproduced or distributed without permission from the Path of the Paddle Association. The maximum printable size will depend on the resolution of the original map image and the capabilities of the printer being used.
  • How accurate are the digital maps, and how often are they updated?
    The accuracy of the maps varies depending on the source data and the mapping techniques used. Path of the Paddle Association strives to provide the most accurate and up-to-date maps possible, but users should be aware that some information, such as trail conditions, may change frequently and may not be reflected in the maps immediately.
  • Do you still offer your Route Overview Map?
    Yes! Our Route Overview Map is still available, and we recommend it as a starting point for planning your next paddling adventure. It also makes a great gift or stocking stuffer!
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